I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to all who attended the Technocamps conference last week! The turn out was fantastic and it was very refreshing to see how many teachers were keen to up-skill in Computer Science. We hope that all teachers involved managed to take some valuable ideas back to the classroom.
Here’s a photograph of David Rees (AM for Aberavon) speaking about the importance of Computer Science in schools.
There is talk of another conference in the new year, so watch this space!
Yesterday was an absolute ball at St Helens Primary! Pupils were really enthusiastic and they all enjoyed learning about binary code, and were very meticulous when writing their names onto their very own binary badges. Some even drew little images of technological inventions underneath their names! Some great brainstorming going on!
Pupils were also great at issuing very precise instructions whilst taking part in the ‘human programming’ activity.
My day at Ynystawe Primary on Thursday the 14th of November was fantastic! Pupils were really enthusiastic to learn something new! Pupils were really careful at doing their binary badges and paid particular attention to ensure that they had the right amount of zero’s and one’s in their names!
The whole school was buzzing with excitement as they prepared for Children in Need for the following day. I hope it all went well for you Ynystawe, I’m sure it did!
Plenty of lovely photographs yet again! Here’s one for good measure and the rest can be seen on our flickr account.
We had a great day out at St Illtuds Primary (Llantwit Major) on the 12th of November! Pupils were very eager to learn something new and they all appeared to enjoy the workshop. We received some great feedback from pupils! Here are a few comments that pupils’ left on their feedback sheets:
“It was very entertaining. Hope I see you again!”
“It was amazing and cool and I would like it if you came back again and again :)”
“I think Playground Computing is the funniest lesson ever because the activities are fun and it’s interesting”
What a great day we had out at Pen y Fro on the 7th of November. We received a lovely welcome! Pupils appeared to have lots of fun! Pupils were very inquisitive and asked plenty of questions about computer science. Luckily the weather wasn’t too bad and we were able to do a few tasks and activities outside which was great. I was really impressed with how well pupils from Pen y Fro were able to sort data, just like how a computer does. They did this really well! Pupils also made great use of their teamwork and communication skills.
We managed to take lots and lots of photographs at Pen y Fro which is great! Check out our flickr account for the complete album!
We had a fantastic couple of days out at Whitestone Primary last week. Pupils were very keen to learn and it was clear that Computer Science really interested them! I was impressed with how well pupils participated in the activities, and we all enjoyed some fantastic discussions.
Year 5 pupils were a pleasure to teach. They took binary code to another level, and even wrote binary messages to their friends. I was impressed to see how they continued with their binary messages well into playtime!
Year 6 were also fantastic and were experts at the Gangnam Style! We had lots of fun!
I had a great day out at Glyncollen Primary on Wednesday! I was pleasantly greeted by pupils and was over the moon with how well they responded to the tasks and activities. They were really curious and asked some fantastic questions. They really proved that they have developed their computational thinking skills! One year 6 group in particular really grasped the ‘repetition’ element of computer programming, before I had even mentioned it! It’s great to see some pupils really thinking outside of the box. Some fantastic instructions given during the obstacle course too! Very well done to all.
A great week for Bridgend schools this week! I received an amazing response from Bryncethin Primary and I really felt that pupils enjoyed the workshop immensely.
I was very impressed with how well the year 6 pupils responded to the data task of sorting algorithms. Pupils listened well and performed the task with great ease – demonstrating a great understanding of how computers sort information.
What a fantastic day we had at Brynmenyn Primary School last week! Luckily, the weather was fine and we were able to enjoy most of the workshop out on the Playground. The pupils were fantastic and extremely enthusiastic which was an absolute pleasure to see.
There are some fantastic photographs of the pupils having a great time! There were plenty of laughs and smiles, especially when we all followed instructions and did the Gangnam Style dance at the end of the session. Well done to everyone!
Here is a photograph of some of the pupils learning binary code and creating their own binary badges.